Say Goodbye to Originality: 18 Overused Movie Tropes We’re Done With

Creating a script for a movie or TV show can be a challenging task, which is why writers sometimes fall back on overused storytelling conventions, known as tropes, to simplify their job. A recent internet survey asked, “What single trope can cause you to lose interest in a movie/show?” Here are the top 18 answers.

Being Mildly Impacted by Lethal Injuries

Being Mildly Impacted by Lethal Injuries
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“Ignoring that you are probably in shock due to the devastating impact of a chunk of lead hitting you at high speed and then twisting a hole into your body and shattering bones… you also have at least one large hole in you through which blood will flow very quickly in almost every circumstance.”

“Or any time someone gets KO’ed in a movie or TV show and wakes up unphased when it’s convenient for the plot.”

Speeches That Result in The Antagonist Getting Killed

Speeches That Result in The Antagonist Getting Killed
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“The main character is about to get killed. The antagonist is sitting there pointing a gun at them and about to shoot them, but they first have to give a 30-second speech. This gives the love interest/forgotten sidekick/child with developing fighting skills to come to kill the enemy instead. Follow it up with a quote from them saying, “You think I’d miss this party?”

“Then there’s a short fight scene that ends in the big bad getting destroyed, then the sidekick at a seemingly disadvantageous state makes a snarky remark about how they underestimate them.”

Smart People Making Dumb Decisions for Drama

Smart People Making Dumb Decisions for Drama
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“One of the reasons Alien and The Thing are such great movies. The people aren’t dumb and are STILL dying. It makes the horror so much better.”

“Yup, I’m still mad about Game of Thrones and the characterization of Tyrion throughout in comparison to the books. I’m not a book purist and love a lot of adaptations others hate. But they dumbed everything down and had no consequences when the premise was that actions have consequences.”

Resurrection and Fake-Out Deaths

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“I loved Gotham seasons 1 and 2. Then I noticed nobody dies, and there are no stakes to anything.”

“Use Yakuza logic. If the character didn’t die on screen, they’re not dead.”

The Ex-Cop/FBI Agent That Comes Out of Retirement Because the Entire Government Can’t Catch a Criminal

The Ex-Cop_FBI Agent That Comes Out of Retirement Because the Entire Government Can_t Catch a Criminal
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“…And does it for free rather than as a highly-paid consultant.”

“To be fair, the entire government often can’t catch a criminal. The unrealistic part is thinking the retired cop can.”

Will They – Won’t They Cliffhangers

Will They_ Won_t They Cliffhangers
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“It kept everyone on the edge of their seats watching Moonlighting in the 80s, so now every show has to include a multi-season will-they/won’t they. Especially because 99% of the time, it doesn’t come across as “exciting tension”; it reads as spinelessness, social anxiety, defeatism, or something.”

“It’s almost worse when the relationship progresses, though, because it almost always progresses the same way. They do the engagement season that culminates in the wedding. They do the pregnancy season (in fairness, this is often because the actress is pregnant). The baby comes along, and the woman loses all personality in favor of having “mother” as her whole character.”

The “Clumsy, Nerdy, Awkward Girl” is Normally Played by an Attractive Actresses

The _Clumsy, Nerdy, Awkward Girl_ is Normally Played by an Attractive Actresses
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“Oh, you mean the minute she removes her glasses and frees her hair tightly bound into a ponytail.”

“Guys, she’s got glasses and a ponytail! Aw, look at that. She’s got paint on her overalls. What is that? Guys, there’s no way she could be prom queen!”

Something That Can Be Fixed Right Away With Just a Conversation

Something That Can Be Fixed Right Away With Just a Conversation
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“Older Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn comedies are like this. If they just took two seconds to communicate or not lie about something their partner would understand, there would be 0 conflicts.”

“The issue at the end of the second act of every single rom-com is poor communication. (Which, to be fair, is the downfall of most relationships anyway).”

A Character Is Repeatedly Hyped As Being Insanely Intelligent but Isn’t Insightful or Clever

A Character Is Repeatedly Hyped As Being Insanely Intelligent but Isn_t Insightful or Clever
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“The characters’ on-screen intelligence/reasoning ability is roughly limited to the writer’s intelligence. If the writer can’t develop good logic, stuff must be figured out off-screen or in ‘eureka’ moments with handwavey explanations.”

“Happens all the time in fiction. The problem is that it’s impossible to convincingly write a character who is supposed to be brighter than the author is in real life.”

The “Useless Dad” Trope

The _Useless Dad_ Trope
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“This is part of why Bluey is such a big hit amongst adults. The dad is a great parent, not a doofus dad. He’s also an archeologist.”

“Alongside this, the attractive mom with way better options in both love and career who marries said useless dad for some reason, despite all his flaws being super obvious from the get-go.”

If I Kill Him, I’m No Better Than Him

No Better Than Him
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“You just smoked 19 of his henchmen and put five more in a wheelchair for life. Where do you draw the line?”

“Don’t forget the drunkard cop who has a deep seeded prejudice having to investigate someone/something of that nature, then changing his mind about said prejudice.”

The Innocent Character Is Revealed To Be the Villain

The Innocent Character Is Revealed To Be the Villain
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“They then bring up a boring backstory about how their efforts were never appreciated or how they spent time in secret learning skills to outwit the hero.”

“Most times I see this trope, it feels forced and not believable.”

Cutting the Palm of Their Hand to Use Their Blood for Something Goofy

Cutting the Palm of Their Hand to Use Their Blood for Something Goofy
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“It’s one of the worst possible places to cut.”

“It’s especially dumb because it’s never like a “blood sacrifice” amount of blood. They only need a few drops, and now they have a giant gaping wound in their hand, usually wrapped up with a tear from someone’s dirty shirt that will get infected.”

Specialists Portrayed As Masters of Multiple Highly Specialized Skill Sets

Specialists Portrayed As Masters of Multiple Highly Specialized Skill Sets
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“I couldn’t watch NCIS because of this. Abby is sweet, kooky, unconventional, and hip! She doesn’t get in trouble for dressing outside the box… in the US Navy. She’s also young, attractive, and a weapons expert. And a DNA expert! And a pharmaceutical expert! And a [insert any specialized forensic white coat test] expert! And a lab tech!”

“The All-Discipline Scientist. Who is also an engineer, a doctor, and a combat tactician? Just wear a hat that says, “The Smart Guy.”

Something Insane Happening in Front of a Lone Hobo Drinking, The Hobo Then Throws His Bottle of Vodka Away

Something Insane Happening in Front of a Lone Hobo Drinking, The Hobo Then Throws His Bottle of Vodka Away
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“I drank heavily for thirty years, and it completely ruined every aspect of my life and left me homeless and chronically ill. It took seeing a deer riding a BMX bike and being unable to figure out why to give it up and stop running from my pain.”

“I want to see the lone hobo in the background that looks at his bottle, goes to throw it over his shoulder, then there’s a flashback to, like… earlier that day where he did toss that same bottle, and he just shrugs and keeps drinking.”

Will Two Incompatible People Fall in Love, Have Some Minor Misunderstanding, and Get Together?

Will Two Incompatible People Fall in Love, Have Some Minor Misunderstanding, and Get Together
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“Set that movie in small-town New England at Christmas, and you’ve just described every hallmark movie.”

“I call it the “women can’t be happy unless in love” trope.”

Monster/Ghost/Demon in the Basement, I Better Go Check It Out

Monster_Ghost_Demon in the Basement, I Better Go Check It Out
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“House is haunted: Let me leave the baby alone in the nursery upstairs.”

“Chairs and wardrobes being thrown across the room by a poltergeist: Tucks kid into bed and says, “Try and get some sleep, okay?”

Character Dies at the End of Story for No Reason for Shock Value

Character Dies at the End of Story for No Reason for Shock Value
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“The opposite is also bad. The character dies at the end of the story for perhaps a compelling or noble reason, fades to black, and fast forward two weeks to the character recovering from their near-death experience because they couldn’t commit to killing the character if there’s a sequel to be milked out.”

“And then said character is miraculously alive under a dumpster the next episode despite clearly falling into unsurvivable circumstances at the end of the prior episode.”

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